Sega Master System / Mark III / Game Gear
Why oh why do the Japanese insist on accompanying every game with some awful little beeping tune that’s hair-tearingly irritating after 25 seconds? Are they musically inept or simply sadistic? Anyway, onto the game itself.
There are two courses of 18 holes, beginner or professional, both progressively difficult as holes are completed. Each hole looks like its from the average seaside miniature golf course, so nothing new there.
You view the course in 3D perspective and can only see a small portion of the hole at a time, but can scroll around to plan your shots.
To begin a hole, place your ball on the pinkish tee-off square then set the angle and power of the shot.
Dotted around each course are numerous obstacles, including bumpers. These bounce your ball back in the opposite direction but disappear if hit three times, giving bonus points in the process.
You begin the round two below par and lose or gain points depending on your performance. Should you go above par overall (ie, above zero), the match’s over.
After every third hole you’re given a password which will let you continue from a round from that point. There’s a two-player option which lets you compete against a friend to add further excitement.
Though the above details make this sound like a good game, there’s one problem: Put & Putter’s incredibly easy to complete. After my second go I’d finished the beginner course and had no desire to try the hard level.
But to review it properly, I did — and there was no bloody difference! The holes were only as difficult as the latter holes of the beginner course.
While the graphics are fast and the scrolling smooth, the sound’s annoying, to say the least, and it’s just too easy (even Claire’s good at it). Put & Putter Miniature Golf offers no challenge and no longevity.
Put & Putter takes me back to my youth, freezing on the front at Blackpool, completely windswept, trying to get me balls through a concrete windmill on a crazy golf course! This game isn’t bad. The graphics suit it well and the control method’s fine. I couldn’t see the point the beginner level, ‘cause like Paul I found even the advanced stage incredibly easy. Put & Putter makes a change from blasting aliens and slaughtering meanies, I suppose, but hasn’t got enough to keep you playing.
Golf fans and anyone under three will get some pleasure